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Try This High-Tech Alternative to the Key Under the Mat

Author: Brendan Nystedt. Brendan Nystedt Gear<p>Date of Publication: 09.24.17.<p>Time of Publication: 8:00 am. 8:00 am<p>Review: August Smart Lock<p>Sub Title: …

Home Automation

The first 17 apps you should download for your new iPhone 8

You've managed to get your hands on a new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, and now you need cool things to do with it.<p>The Tech Insider staff picked some of our favorite off-the-beaten track apps that show off the power and potential of Apple's superphone.<p>This list includes both obvious choices you can …

Pokémon Go

Hands-on with Apple TV 4K and the new Siri Remote

Bring on the 4K HDR movie binge watching. The new Apple TV 4K is out today and we’ve got our hands on Apple’s new streaming box.<p>The reviews call it the best TV box on the market, but note its premium price means it’s not for everyone. Apple still offers the two-year old 1080p version for its same …

Smart TV

Learn Arduino by Building 15 Complete Projects From Scratch

For only $15, you'll be learning by doing.<p>It's a common misconception that dreaming up and creating powerful gadgets by hand is only for the pros. Arduino is a leading open-source platform that allows you to bring electronics prototyping into your home—letting you build complex and entertaining …

Arduino

People are about to start dumping cable faster than ever before

It’s a bad time to be a cable TV executive. Streaming services are popping up faster than big cable companies can throttle them, and years of bad …

Televisions

This $200 ring is the first activity tracker I actually want to wear all day, every day

Early on Monday morning — 6 a.m. early — I went for a run and left my phone at home.<p>When I got back, I checked my phone to find out my distance, calories burned, minutes active, and heart rate.<p>"You ran 23 active minutes," my phone displayed across the screen. "Only 20 active minutes left …

Wearable Tech

Apple Watch Series 3 review: Finally no iPhone required — sort of

When the Apple Watch first launched in April 2015 following years of speculation and rumours, many people had mixed opinions over its cellular …

Smartwatches

As smart homes become smarter, tech companies rush to get in the door

For the majority of its existence, home automation has been confined to fiction and the houses of the wealthy.<p>But as more affordable smart-home technology trickles into the market, the demographics are shifting, and tech companies are jostling to get their virtual home assistants in the door. Many …

Automation

Best Buy has a plan to fight back against Amazon — and it's working (BBY)

Best Buy is <i>the</i> place to buy your consumer electronics, or at least it used to be.<p>The company has been hit hard by the ongoing retail apocalypse and is under pressure from the likes of Amazon to either change the way it does business or face forever-declining sales. So Best Buy is hoping to …

Best Buy

Apple Watch’s new heart rate features won’t work on the original Watch model

Not enough oomph<p>Apple’s new Apple Watch software, WatchOS 4, includes several updates to the health and fitness tracking features of the Watch, the most interesting of which are new heart rate monitoring features. With the new software, the Watch will show resting heart rate, walking heart rate, …

Smartwatches

Apple's Craig Federighi Answers Face ID Questions in New Interview

Face ID, Apple's new facial recognition feature in the iPhone X, has left users with a lot of questions about how it works. While Apple has offered detailed explanations of Face ID on its website, there continue to be questions and concerns given that this is a new biometric system.<p>To answer some …

iOS

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus hands-on: The Qi flows through this one | Ars Technica

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus add wireless charging and a faster processor.<p>To those familiar with past Apple upgrade conventions, the iPhone 8 and 8 …

IPhone 8

Apple's New iPhones Have A Nasty Surprise

The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and redesigned iPhone X have arrived. They bring a host of new features and increased price tags (some more than others), but on closer inspection it appears Apple's most fundamental upgrade will not work as expected…<p><i>‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my</i> …

Wireless

Apple is still selling the iPhone 6s for a lower price, and it's a steal

Apple recently announced its shiny new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X on Tuesday, and they bring new features and faster performance than any previous iPhone.<p>However, I'm here to tell you that you that Apple is still selling the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus for $450 and $550 repectively, and …

iPhone

Hands-on with Apple’s iPhone 8 dock and new gold color choice

With the iPhone 8, Apple is promoting an all-new gold color option. The new color choice seems to be a sort of mix between Apple’s previous shades of gold and a new hands-on video from DetroitBorg offers a detailed look at the new gold color…<p>DetroitBorg got his hands on Apple’s new iPhone 8 dock in …

IPhone 8

Apple Watch Series 3 With LTE Capabilities Announced

The rumors were saying that Apple would be announcing the Apple Watch Series 3 at its iPhone event, and sure enough the rumors have since been proven …

iPhone X: Meet The First iPhone With An OLED Display

With the iPhone 6, 6s, and 7, Apple has done something they have not done before, which is to retain the same design for three years in a row. The …

iPhone 8 Official: New Glass Design, Wireless Charging, And More

Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus today. The much-rumored handsets feature a new glass and aluminum design with Retina HD …

10 things you need to know about iPhone X

Apple is betting its future on a $1,000 phone.<p>On Tuesday, Apple (AAPL, Tech30) unveiled new smartwatches, an Apple TV and the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus at a press event. But the showstopper was a premium device called iPhone X, with a starting price that would have once seemed laughable for a phone: $999.<p>…

Phil Schiller

7 things the iPhone X can do that the iPhone 8 can't

Today marks a new first for Apple. Not only did it break the typical naming pattern, skipping over the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus altogether, it announced a third phone that overshadowed what would have been its normal flagship models: the iPhone X.<p>The iPhone X casts a very large and noticeable …

IPhone 8

Robotic Infant Seats, Mobile Piggy Banks, And On-Demand Babysitters: 85+ Tech Startups Targeting Kids & Parents

Baby and kids tech continues to be on investors’ minds, as deals to the industry hit a record high last year of 176 deals. At the current run rate, …

Venture Capital

Microsoft Surface Laptop

<b>Pros</b><p>Light and thin body. Comfortable keyboard and palm rest. Long battery life.<p><b>Cons</b><p>Limited port selection. Installed OS is locked to Windows Store …

Laptops

Sony phone app takes 3D clone snaps

<b>Sony has revealed new smartphones that can create detailed 3D scans of almost any object using the phone's camera.</b><p>The company said the innovation was possible thanks to the power of the processor in its latest handsets.<p>It unveiled a series of new devices at the Ifa technology show in Berlin.

3D

Barbot is a robot cocktail mixer you won't have to tip like a bartender

Cocktails are cool – minus the unreasonably high prices, the flashy bartending shenanigans and the expectation to tip the person that whipped it. But thanks to the wonders of microcomputing, there is now a robot that can do the same – and you won’t even have to talk to it.<p>Barbot is a …

Meditation

5 Wearable Gadgets You've Never Heard Of That Will Improve Your Life

In an age where digital is quickly replacing analog, technology has seemingly become ingrained in our everyday lives. Here are five examples of helpful and innovative wearable gadgets that will make your life a little less hectic.<p>In an age where digital is quickly replacing analog, technology has …

Wearable Tech

Bang & Olufsen and LG's new TV looks to Eclipse rivals

Everyone wants a television that looks good. Audio company Bang & Olufsen reckons its new BeoVision Eclipse is a TV that sounds good too.<p>The BeoVision Eclipse is the first television made in partnership by Bang & Olufsen with LG. It's an OLED TV, which means you'll be getting best-in-class picture …

Bang & Olufsen

Acer unveils sleek, all-black Switch 7 laptop and more

The Acer Switch laptop is back in black at IFA 2017.<p>An all-black edition of the two-in-one laptop features a stylish, brushed-aluminum body and a new, patented kickstand that can auto-deploy and auto-retract.<p>Acer claims that it's the world's first fanless two-in-one hybrid that comes equipped with …

Laptops

Apple Now Selling Refurbished 2017 21.5-Inch iMac Models

Apple today updated its online store for refurbished products to add the new 21.5-inch iMac models that were initially released in June of 2017.<p>Today marks the first time the new 2017 iMacs in the 21.5-inch configuration have been available through the refurbished store since their launch at the …

iMac

Essential Phone review: a beautiful work in progress

An arcane artifact from an unrealized future<p>Even though it was announced less than three months ago at the Code Conference, there's already enough mythology surrounding the Essential Phone to fill a book. It comes from a brand-new billion-dollar startup led by the person who helped create Android …

Phones